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    Treatment for Hives in toddlers

    Written on 5 May 2021

    Your baby's skin is extremely sensitive at this age, and hence, the effect of any skin infection instantly shows on your baby's skin. Hives are raised and swollen areas on your baby's skin which cause a lot of itchiness in your baby's skin. They result from the human body's reaction to allergens. Hives are alternatively also known as nettle rash, wheals, welts, swellings, and in medical terms- Urticaria!

    Your baby could have Hives because of several factors such as viral infections, bacterial infections, allergies to certain foods, allergies to medicines, bug bites or bee stings, temperature changes, cow's milk if you introduce it before six months, and petting pets!

    Home Remedies to Treat Hives in toddlers

    In the initial stages, you can always try home remedies before rushing to a doctor. Here are a few things you can do at home:

    • To soothe the itching, apply calamine lotion to the affected area.

    • Cut your baby's nails and remove any dirt if present, not to hurt themselves while trying to scratch.

    • Wrap a piece of ice in a muslin cloth and rub it on the rash.

    • Dress your baby in cotton clothes to provide comfort and reduce skin irritation.

    • Give your child a cold bath with a punch of baking soda in the water. This will help in soothing the skin.

    Treatment for Hives in toddlers

    Hives usually vanish on their own in a few hours or a few days. But, if you notice that the hives just wouldn't go, consult a pediatrician. He would usually prescribe the following:

    1. Antihistamine

    Antihistamines such as cetirizine can help relieve itching and swelling caused by hives.

    1. Histamine Blockers

    Histamine blockers can be taken orally or injected to help treat hives. Cimetidine and ranitidine

    are commonly used, although they might cause indigestion.

    1. Steroids

    If over-the-counter treatment does not work, the doctor may prescribe stronger topical or oral corticosteroids, such as prednisone. These are only used briefly.

    1. Getting asthma drug injected

    Injections of the asthma medicine omalizumab have been shown to relieve hives without any side effects. It is more expensive than other treatments.

    1. Asthma and Antihistamine Combination

    In severe situations of hive outbreaks, the doctor may prescribe an antihistamine over-the-counter. These can affect a child's behavior and mood.

    6. Immunosuppressants

    Immunosuppressants may be required for chronic hives. Cyclosporine and tacrolimus suppress the immune system's response to hives, although they cause headaches and nausea.

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